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In this photo taken Saturday, July 27, 2013, a cleaning vessel clears the oil after about 50 tons of crude oil was leak from a pipe spilled into the sea off Rayong province, eastern Thailand. The oil spill that leaked from a pipeline, operated by a subsidiary of state-owned oil and gas company PTT Plc, has reached a popular tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea despite continuous attempts to clean it up over the weekend, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/The Nation-Atchara) THAILAND OUT

Thailand oil spill

Tourists on Samet island, or Koh Samet, Thailand were warned to stay away from the once-serene beach of Ao Prao Beach on Koh Samet, marred by inky globs as hundreds of workers in white jumpsuits labored to scrape the sand clean and remove oil from the water. About 50 tons of oil spilled into the sea off Rayong province on July 27 from a leak in the pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical Plc. (AP)